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Fu­ji­film pre­sented us with a bit of a dilemma this year be­cause the X-T2 could eas­ily have suc­ceeded in the pro­fes­sional mir­ror­less cat­e­gory as well, but we think the X-Pro2 is un­doubt­edly the more pro-fo­cused ma­chine. The X-T1 was an out­stand­ing cam­era – Fu­ji­film re­ally hasn’t put a foot wrong with its X Mount pro­gram – but the X-T2 bet­ters it just about ev­ery­where. In the ‘APS-C’ size sen­sor world it’s the most se­ri­ous threat to the D-SLR there is. X-T2 or Nikon D500? Now there’s a pur­chas­ing dilemma that would be nice to have, but iron­i­cally it’s the Fu­ji­film mir­ror­less cam­era that would win eas­ily if you were only con­sid­er­ing styling … its clas­sic SLR-like looks and thor­oughly tra­di­tional dial-based con­trol lay­out are ab­so­lutely ir­re­sistible. There’s a sure-footed con­fi­dence about the X-T2’s over­all de­sign too (also very ev­i­dent in the X-Pro2) which means that it sim­ply works with an ef­fort­less smooth­ness fur­ther en­hanced by a few, small but none­the­less sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to the er­gonomics, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of a joy­stick con­trol for quicker switch­ing of the fo­cus­ing point. Yet Fu­ji­film isn’t afraid to think out­side the square ei­ther, so the X-T2’s mon­i­tor screen has a clever tilt ar­range­ment which al­lows for ad­just­ments when the cam­era is be­ing held ver­ti­cally too. And this same deft touch is ev­i­dent on the in­side, start­ing with the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of ‘X-Trans CMOS’ sen­sor… still surely the best thought-out so­lu­tion to do­ing away with the op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter, but still pro­vid­ing an ef­fec­tive de­gree of cor­rec­tion for moiré pat­terns. The gen-three chip is now up to 24.3 megapix­els – prob­a­bly the sweet spot for an ‘APS-C’ sen­sor in terms of pixel size – and mated with the ‘X-Pro­ces­sor Pro’ high­speed en­gine, en­abling the X-T2 to be the first X Se­ries model to have 4K video record­ing. With the op­tional ‘Ver­ti­cal Power Booster Grip’ fit­ted, the cam­era gains a num­ber of key per­for­mance en­hance­ments. The new aut­o­fo­cus­ing sys­tem which still uses hy­brid con­trast/ phase de­tec­tion mea­sure­ment, but now has a to­tal of 325 measuring points with 169 of them us­ing phase-dif­fer­ence de­tec­tion. Con­se­quently, it’s faster and more flex­i­ble. There’s also a big­ger buf­fer mem­ory, 14 fps shoot­ing with its sen­sor shut­ter (top speed of 1/32,000), dual SD mem­ory card slots (both with UHS-II sup­port), wire­less TTL flash con­trol when fit­ted with the new EF-X500 ac­ces­sory flash unit. The list goes on and, con­se­quently, there isn’t much that Fu­ji­film hasn’t thought about with this cam­era, but what makes the X-T2 a win­ner is that it’s all so log­i­cally and in­tu­itively ac­ces­si­ble… yet it’s still a real ex­pe­ri­ence to use. Few cam­era de­signs ever get this ab­so­lutely right. Fu­ji­film has here… con­vinc­ingly.


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